There is an egg in the coop! Okay, let me rephrase that. There are TWO eggs in the coop! When I checked on the chickens today I found two surprises. I knew that they were getting close to laying. Yesterday I didn’t check in on them and then today I found two on the floor in opposites corners. Now I am going to have to try to convince them to lay in their nesting boxes.
So how much did we spend raising our chicks to laying hens? I’m not going to count the cost of building the coop because there are much cheaper ways to make them than what we did. Here is a list of our expenses.
$35 in chicks (12 chicks with one death)
$90 in chicken feed (275 lbs)
$28 in bedding materials
$20 in scratch grain (which is optional)
That makes a total cost of $173 spent in 149 days (or basically 5 months). You could shave some money off if you could find cheaper bedding, didn’t buy scratch grain, and let them free range more so the expense of feed would be lower. Then again I’m not counting the cost of operating the heat lamps. With what we spent, it works out to about $16 per chicken before the eggs start rolling in. That makes our two little eggs worth $86.50 each.